Lioness bring on The Night! Music video inspires feature film.

Photo Credit: Jen Squires

Warning: Don’t eat the brown (chocolate) cupcakes.

Toronto band Lioness has always had a taste for blood and drama. The band who are never short of talent release a second video this month. “The Night” is the product of Lioness drummer and director Jeff Scheven’s sinister imaginings. The original concept was to create a grindhouse inspired trailer for a for a mock horror film where a group of girlfriends go on a camping trip that goes awry. During the process of filming the video Scheven, came to see the project as a whole “different monster”. He’s now cultivating the seed of this music video into a feature length horror film.

Says Scheven, “The ideas were born at the same time. In executing the concept for a fake movie, I realized a real movie was born. I immediately started exploring it further.”

Since filming the video he’s been developing the script with bassist and co-writer Ronnie Morris. Morris is currently in the UK working towards a PhD in Early Modern British History, which he explains, “lends itself well to a psychedelic witchcraft horror”. They hope to have the script finished by the end of the year and start production next summer 2014.

As always singer Vanessa Fischer works triple duty bringing not only her incredible voice and costume design, she also plays ‘the beast’. Says Fischer, “It was quite the transformation, I sought inspiration comes from watching a lot of scary/weirdo movies by Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Alejandro Jodorowsky.”

To get a taste of what’s to come, check out “The Night”…